NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion misquote of Prime Minister backfires

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a pre-election promise during the recent election in New Zealand that a Labour Government would take abortion out of the Crimes Act. Since she formed a coalition government and became Prime Minister, some … Continued

SAMOA – Preliminary findings of a ten-day mission to Samoa by Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice

  The UN Working Group’s mission was the first official visit ever to Samoa by independent experts designated by the UN Human Rights Council. Kamala Chandrakirana and Eleonora Zielinska represented the Working Group.   Text from the preliminary findings as … Continued

NEWS SHORTS- LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA – NORTHERN IRELAND – NEW ZEALAND

LEBANON / JORDAN / TUNISIA    ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ and menstruation seclusion laws abolished Within weeks of each other, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia closed legal loopholes that allowed rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivors. On August 16, Lebanon’s parliament voted to abolish Article … Continued

NAURU – Three pregnant refugees and nearly 50 others denied medical transfers

Asylum seekers and refugees seeking abortions surgery and other treatment have been prevented from having overseas transfers for health care by a Nauru hospital committee. The Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island were opened in 2012 as detention centres … Continued

AUSTRALIA – A world away from Nauru: abortion services and costs across Australia

  Medical and surgical abortions are available in all Australian states and territories. Medical abortion is only permitted up to nine weeks gestation. In Queensland, New South Wales (NSW), Victoria, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, medical abortions can take … Continued

NEW ZEALAND – Anti-abortion club voted out of Auckland University Students Association

  Auckland University students have voted to abolish an anti-abortion club from their Students Association.   About 2,700 students participated in a week-long online referendum, which asked whether the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) should disaffiliate the ProLife Club. About … Continued

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